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A figure-8 (F8) is a type of swing in which the striker transitions between planes. A figure-8 is made up of two or more circular swings connected by a crossing. The type of swing is so named because the path of motion of the striker resembles the symbols for the number eight (8) or infinity (∞).

In lissajous-do, the figure-8 is described as a ratio of circles. The basic figure-8 with a single rotation on each plane, for example, is called a 1:2.

VariablesEdit

Wild Industry describes the variables involved in a figure-8 swing

Various variables affect the movement of a figure-8 swing:

  • Grip
  • Planes
  • Arm location
  • Hand placement
  • Spin direction
  • Number of swings
  • Rotation point

Types of Figure-8'sEdit

Basic Figure-8'sEdit

There are three dimensions, so three axis to draw a F8 along. The V8 goes floor to roof, the H8 goes wall to wall, so there should be another F8 to go front to back, but in practice one plane always has your arm in the way, so you have to turn you whole arm and the wrist movement is the same as the H8 so they're regarded as the same thing.


With these variables it's possible to compile a move list.

These six moves are fundamental to nunchaku and should all be mastered as early in your training as possible. It's also important to learn all six F8s in both frontgrip and backgrip. As such there are 12 basic F8s. You can stretch a F8 by increasing the distance between the two planes the different circles are on.

Advanced Figure-8'sEdit

There are three advanced F8s, with more minor variations.

Rolling Figure-8'sEdit

Figure-8's can be performed with rolls, usually wrist rolls and hand rolls.

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